Flower Living stones - seemingly ordinary pebbles
The flower "living stones", or lithops, representsa decorative original plant, in its shape and color a little resembling a plant. It was discovered by the English biologist Burchell, who once in the African desert, Big Carro came across a pile of pebbles. Having sat down to rest next to her, he was amazed: before him were "living" stones - flowers, photos of which are no different from small samples of this rock.
The researcher subsequently accurately described and even placed a sketch of this amazing plant, the birthplace of which is the central region of South Africa.
Litopes, or the flower "living stones" are twofused fleshy leaves, separated by a cleft. The color of these small succulents is very diverse. The upper part of leaves of light-brown or purple color is covered with spots - peculiar windows. It is through them that a plant, most often covered with sand, absorbs light. When drought, the old leaves shrivel, but after the rain, new ones grow in their place.
The flower "living stones" blooms from a three-yearage. This happens usually from August to October. From the cleft between the leaves comes a very chamomile-like flower of white or yellow, opening only in the middle of the day.
As a rule, lithops, planted in a flat pot, form whole "stone" thickets. Some prefer to combine them in one container with other succulents, collecting a kind of a garden from them.
The flower "living stones" should be planted, closingto the "neck" by the earth. Drainage in the pot must be up to two centimeters high. The soil for this plant is prepared from equal parts of the standard soil and coarse sand, and on top the substrate is filled with pebbles or pebbles.
Lithops are transplanted only in the spring, when leaves appear. The lateral root part, which is quickly recovered, must be removed.
Excessive water in the pot can be fatalfor this plant, although it likes humidity in the air. Therefore, it is useful to spray it, but you should make sure that the drops do not remain on the leaves.
As soon as the flower "living stones" produces a bud,watering should be drastically reduced. Until very late, moisture in the pot should fall very rarely, until the soil dries completely. And during the wintering period, watering should be completely stopped.
Lithops reproduces only by seeds thatbefore sowing it is necessary to soak for six hours, and after putting it in the ground, cover it with glass, while spraying and airing daily. Under normal temperature conditions (from twenty to twenty-five degrees of heat), the shoots will last on the seventh day.
"Living stone" is a flower, care for whichis quite simple. The only factors on which it can perish are the excess of moisture in the soil and the worm that affects it during the wintering period. Therefore, many plant growers from early spring, when the growth of the plant begins, is treated with protective compounds. In combating this pest, the yarrow, boiled with boiling water, helps a lot, which during a month needs to spray the lithops. From the chervets well helps and gruel, prepared from soap, water and garlic, which from time to time it is useful to wipe the leaves.
It is believed that the flower "living stones" creates warmth and comfort in the house, brings people together, and also has a beneficial effect on the metabolism in the body.